National Agricultural Genotyping Center

Solving Problems for Agriculture

The mission of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center is to translate scientific discoveries into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security.


At present, there exists a large unmet need for high-throughput genotyping services within U.S. agricultural research, food production and safety testing. The National Corn Growers Association in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory proposes the establishment of a national center for agricultural genotyping to alleviate the inefficiencies, redundancies, bottlenecks and gaps that impede research and commercial development.


The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, will contribute to maintaining the safety of our food supply, economic stability and national security by making high-throughput genotyping available to both private and public scientists from breeders all the way to quality control and food safety scientist.

Improving the Agricultural Sector

Safer Food Supply

Recent contaminated food outbreaks in the U.S. and abroad have resulted in deaths, serious illness and tremendous costs to economies.  A recent study by Georgetown University found contaminated products in the U.S. result in total annual losses approaching $152 billion.  By Making it faster and easier to isolate contaminated products at the earliest points of the supply chain, we believe that high-throughput genotyping can protect consumers and help manufacturers avoid costly product recalls.

Global Competitiveness

One of the most important ways the NAGC will improve U.S. competitiveness is by allowing agricultural sector to leverage its fundamental strengths specifically, its technological prowess and world-class human expertise in research and development.  By helping to unlock the value of the nation’s technology ad expertise, the NAGC will improve the agricultural sector’s competitiveness in key area: breeding, production, prduct quality, safety, and the rate of new product development.

NAGC Launches “BeeCare”, Testing for Honeybee Diseases

Fargo, ND; January 18, 2017 – The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) will launch “BeeCare” testing service for honey bee diseases in January 2017. A total of nine viral and two bacterial diseases will be covered in the BeeCare test panel, which includes all currently known major honey bee diseases found in North America.

NAGC is offering a discount to beekeeper clubs and associations for bulk shipments of 100 or more samples. Regular BeeCare pricing is $20 for any one viral or bacterial disease test, and $75 for the panel of all eleven diseases. But bulk shipments of 100 or more samples will cost only $50 each sample for the full disease panel. Beekeeper groups can pass the savings onto its members, or take the difference in pricing to help offset the group’s operating expenses.

The BeeCare disease panel has been validated through test samples from Central North Dakota and Eastern Missouri. It includes testing for:

·         Acute Bee Paralysis Virus

·         Black Queen Cell Virus

·         Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus

·         Deformed Wing Virus

·         Israeli Acute Bee Paralysis Virus

·         Kashmir Bee Virus

·         Lake Sinai Virus 1

·         Lake Sinai Virus 2

·         Slow Bee Paralysis Virus

·         American Foulbrood Bacteria

·         European Foulbrood Bacteria

Sampling Protocol

1.     Specimen containers should be in a breathable container such as a double bagged paper bag. Have bags already double bagged prior to sample collection.

2.     Label the prepared brown paper bags with the proper descriptions. At minimum include: Submitter Name, Hive Number, and Date/Initials of collection.

3.     Submit a minimum of 50 bees by scooping approximately 1 cup of honey bees into the labeled brown paper bags. Be sure to keep samples from different hives separate.

4.     Fold the bags closed 3-4 times and secure with staples and/or tape.

5.     Place all labeled paper bags containing honey bee samples in a crush-resistant box.

6.     Ship samples dry, at ambient temperature. For extreme conditions where the ambient temperature exceeds 26°C (80°F), it is recommended to ship the samples at 4°C (cold packs) or at -20°C (dry ice).

7.     If bees are live, label the outside of the box with LIVE BEES.

8.     Avoid shipments over the weekend.

Each bulk shipment of 90 samples or more should be sent by the beekeeper group with a submission form, payment and a spreadsheet that identifies the source of each sample: name, address and contact information for the group; and identification of the hive being tested. A submission form can be found on the NAGC’s website:

About NAGC

NAGC is a not-for-profit corporation that uses state-of-the-art technologies to help farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers find solutions to production challenges. NAGC is headquartered at the Helix Center in suburban St. Louis, with its laboratory facilities in Fargo, ND. 

For more information, contact: Megan O’Neil, Laboratory Manager, NAGC, 1605 Albrecht Blvd North, Fargo, ND. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 701-239-1449

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The National Agricultural Genotyping Center is supported through a public and private partnership of leading research and trade organizations including Los Alamos National Laboratory and National Corn Growers Association. The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will provide the technological and informatics expertises to maintain technological advancements and ensure diverse genotyping needs are met. In order to maintain close ties to the agriculture sector, the NAGC has partnered with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). NCGA represents 35,000 dues-paying corn farmers from 47 states and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs.


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